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an hbo documentary on her remarkable career called, "mavis." >> people are always asking me when am i going to retire? i don't care to retire. >> how are you doing? good, how are you? thank you. i have been on the road for over 60 years. i'll stop singing when i have nothing left to say and, you know, that ain't gonna happen. >> stephen: please welcome the one, the only, the great mavis staples! (cheers and applause) >> stephen: i love you, too! please have a seat! >> whoa! >> stephen: it's always so nice to see you! >> it's such a pleasure. >> stephen: you are such a bundle of joy.
not just by your sing but just by yourself. what do you think that happiness comes from? >> it's just in me. just the joy in me. i never let it go. >> stephen: for the people who may not know everything about your career, you started off as one of the staple singers. >> yes. >> stephen: and your family and you guys used to open for dr. king, right? >> we did. >> stephen: what was that like? >> it was great. we traveled with dr. king for years. we would sing before he would speak. >> stephen: really? and he had a song that turned out to be his favorite. >> stephen: what was that? "why am i treated so bad," and pops wrote that song for the "little rock nine." there were nine black children in little rock trying to integrate central high school, and pops would watch these kids, my age -- i was in high school at the time -- and they would walk every morning proud, heads
would walk into a mob of people, you know, throwing rocks at them, spat upon, calling them names, but they keep on walking. (cheers and applause) >> stephen: how old were you when you first started to sing? >> i was eight years old. >> stephen: eight years old? mm-hmm. >> stephen: do you remember the first song that you learned? >> yes. >> stephen: what was it? whoa, they tell me of a home where no storm cloud rise "uncloudy day." >> stephen: wow. (cheers and applause) i thought it was going to be something. you started out pretty advance. >> yes, i did. i skipped ahead. (laughter) that was the very first song that my family sang. >> stephen: oh, okay.
but my very first song is a turkey is a funny bird wobble, wobble, wobble (laughter) >> stephen: that's more my speed. and all he knows is just one word gobble, gobble, gobble >> stephen: could have been a hit! (applause) you moved from gospel to soul, eventually. what is the difference between gospel and soul? what did you have to change about the way you sang to go from one to the next? >> we didn't switch. what happened was, my sisters and my brother sang with my father for years with just pops' gi star. when we went to stacks records, somebody had the idea to put a rhythm section behind us.
there," that beat -- and everyone would hit the floor, even the church people. church people hit the floor. (laughter) so they started saying, them staple singers, they singing the devil's music. (laughter) i did so many interviews, i had to let people know that the devil ain't got no music. the devil ain't got no music. (cheers and applause) >> stephen: now, you've got a new album. >> yeah. >> stephen: on the album, you're working with my friend jon over here on one of the songs. what's he like to work with? >> oh, he's beautiful! he didn't give no prubl. >> stephen: no trouble at all! (laughter) >> he told me, mavis, however you want to sing it, sing it. he wrote a beautiful son it's called "tomorrow."
you know,. i've got something that i really want to say sometimes things just won't go your way don't give up tomorrow is another day >> stephen: we'll be right back with a performance by mavis staples, premiering on hbo february 29. stick around for therfor y'a weack!(ched ap) ave relyood sendt's rk hown hone. cou u abike. oogle]ge.you . 're ids. y arguysxtindma?
>> stephen: that's it for the late show. tune in tomorrow when my guests will be debra messing, zachary quinto, and a musical now stick around for james corden. goodnight! captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org >> reggie: are you ready to have some fun feel the love tonight it's the "late, late show" . >> ladies and gentlemen, all the way from wyoming, give it up for your host, the one,ed only james corden!